The prophet Isaiah gives us a window on what will happen at the time of the end of the age. He speaks of the awesome salvation that will take place in the world, and in one of his prophecies he seems puzzled as he describes what he sees, “Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One who is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?…” (Isa. 63:1)

This mystery figure is seen coming out of the land of Edom, the descendants of Esau. He is not a common person; He is glorious in HIS APPAREL, and He travels in the greatness of His strength. Of course, we can be assured that this is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One who has the power to deliver the people from bondage. We have become acquainted with Him as He walked the earth two thousand years ago, but wait…

The Lord Jesus that walked the earth then was not clad in glorious garments. That Jesus had “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.” He had put on the garment of flesh in order to “humble Himself and become obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:7-8)

The One we know best came with His face set toward the Jerusalem that kills the prophets, and willingly submitted Himself to the spittle and the stripes Fury in Edom that the religious order of that day viciously laid on Him… He was the Lamb who obediently allowed them to lead Him to the slaughter even to the death of the cross.

By contrast, the One that Isaiah saw and could not identify was a majestic figure who had fought and won a great battle. He was the Triumphant One who walks in the GREATNESS OF HIS STRENGTH! He could have been none other than the Lord in His glorious body of resurrection.


Isaiah makes note of two important things. First, the Lord comes out of Edom, clad with glorious and very costly crimson garments from Bozrah. These were not the garments of humility worn by the One who submitted Himself to the death of the cross.

Isaiah describes this amazing person as One who conveys the assurance that He has achieved notable feat. He wears rich and regal clothing. He is no longer the sacrificial Lamb who suffers and bleeds: now He has won the battle and He is bright and triumphant. His entire being emanates success and victory. Second, the question is asked, “Why are His glorious garments splattered with blood?” The Lord gives this answer. “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me, for I have trodden them in my anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart and the year of the redeemed has come.” (Isa. 63:3-4)

No doubt, this is He that Paul describes as the One who sits at the right Hand of God and “reigns until He has put all enemies under His feet.” (I Cor. 15:25) The vision that baffled Isaiah is none other than the Lord Himself emerging victoriously from the battle of the ages.


Is there a more touching prayer heard than the one that David penned in Psalm 51? David knew that the sins that are obvious are not nearly as devious and dangerous as the works of darkness that are hidden way down deep within the human heart.

Praying to His God, David said, “Behold You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psa. 51:6-7)

David was not afraid of the enemy at large; he proved this over and over again. He valiantly slew more Philistines that Saul ever dreamed of killing. David knew that it is a lot easier to slay outward enemies than to tackle the enemy that lurks within the heart. David had tasted the force of his own fleshly nature and he knew that he could not overcome it by himself. His prayer was a plea for God to deliver him.

David wanted to be purged with hyssop. A purge is a deep cleansing within. It is an elimination of the putrefying waste that has accumulated in the body. Hyssop is a Mediterranean plant. It was used to sprinkle the blood on the doorposts of the Israelite’s dwellings when the angel of death passed over the land of Egypt. It was also hyssop that was soaked with vinegar and offered to our Lord on the cross.

Hyssop could provide a rough scrub for a bath, but when taken internally as a tea it had purgative qualities; David was pleading for a tough and thorough inner cleansing from the Lord. Is this not what the David within us constantly prays for?

The Lord of Isaiah’s vision explains that He has been treading the winepress by Himself in the land of Edom. The Bible tells us that God loved Jacob and hated Esau. When these two natures were birthed into the world, out of the same mother, they were already at war with each other.

The Esau nature in man speaks of the ways of the carnal mind. It is the land of Edom in man and it is where the Lord wages his fiercest battle. It is there that He crushes the very life of this nature, as one crushes grapes in the winepress, until the blood or life of it is splattered over His garment.

Esau is the nature that God hates. Esau chooses the pleasures of the world over the things of God. God meets our daily needs in this world, He will never leave us begging bread, but He desires a heart that seeks spiritual values first. When the pressure is on, the Esau nature will trade spiritual worth, even the right to sonship, for a mess of pottage (material goods).

Esau is the nature that esteems the honor that man gives over pleasing God. Our Lord wastes no time. The power of the cross will totally destroy this Esau nature…Yet it is skillfully administered by the Lord, one blow at a time, lest the soul be overwhelmed and cannot overcome.

Esau has had his moment in the limelight, and the trumpet announcing the Day of Vengeance has sounded… The Spirit of the Lord has descended on the land of Esau and begun the work.


The Lord of the vision further states that He has trampled the foes in His anger; their blood is sprinkled upon His garments. “For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of the redeemed has come.”

Because we know that “God is love,” we may want to water down this statement and paint a gentler and kinder picture of our Lord. But, just as God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, so there is a huge difference between God’s love and human love. Because we are yet carnal, we often compare God’s attributes to our own. We want Him to be compassionate and sweet and never hurt anyone, and God is indeed all of these things. But, if we do not understand His ways to deal with evil, we will end up frustrated and crying out “God why are these things happening to me?”

If we read the Old Testament strictly for its historical or poetical contents, we will miss all its benefit. The Old Testament gives us a clear picture of God’s nature and His dealings with evil. It is written that God changes not, therefore because the Old Testament unfolds the ways that God dealt with His people, we see His longsuffering in how He forgave their transgressions and gave them a way out time after time. But, we also see His anger when they sided with the enemy that sought to destroy them.

When we get to the New Testament, we find Jesus who reveals that the most powerful enemy dwells in the hearts of men. “For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matt. 15:19)

In order to reap spiritual benefits from the things that actually took place in the Old Testament, we need to see them as types, by the Spirit. It is good to know the history of Israel, but we need to understand that the enemies that were actual people are types of the spirits that work within our own hearts and in the world to destroy us. “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.” (I Cor. 10:11)

If all we get out of the pages of the Old Testament are good moral lessons, or just plain historical information, we are missing the Christ that is hidden therein and we are not partaking of the Bread of Life. It is when the Holy Spirit opens our eyes and ears to the truth that we can acknowledge the evil natures of the “self,” and that we understand the way that God deals with us. Then the truth makes us free indeed.

The Lord plainly declares that the Day of Vengeance is in His heart. When He utters these words He has already suffered and it is with passion that He declares the Day of Vengeance at hand. In Isaiah’s vision, the Lord comes up from Edom; the land of Esau – This is not the literal land, but the nature of the carnal religious man within. This is where the winepress is located and where the battle of the Day of Vengeance rages.

The battle rages in Edom where Esau dwells. Esau came out of the same womb as Jacob, yet “As it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” (Rom. 9:13) What is it about Esau that God hates? Jacob and Esau were twin brothers out of the womb of Rebecca; Esau was born first, therefore the birthright belonged to him. However, when his mettle was tested, he failed. Esau succumbed to the pressures of flesh and sold his birthright.

Esau represents the nature of man and of Christians who turn their hearts to worldly forms of worship. Jesus taught that His Holy Spirit would lead into all truths, but many Christians forsake God to worship as the heathens in front of statues and altars of their own designs. They choose to be led by their creeds, and forsake the voice of the Holy Spirit within. Basically, they sell out their “sonship” birthright for the ways of the world.

Not long after we turn to the Lord, we come face to face with the Esau within. We find that the ways of Esau have already been birthed into our hearts and we find it easier to follow them than to resist them. But, if we hear the still small voice of His Spirit, we will find that step by step, he leads us away from Esau. Then we meet Jacob.

Jacob is the nature in us that is far from holy but whose heart listens and moves away from traditions of men. For a while we walk shoulder to shoulder with both of these natures, but as we follow the Spirit, we slowly separate ourselves from the ways of Esau…

When we move away from the worldly church and become separated from its obvious rituals and ways of worship, then the Lord reveals to us that the nature of Esau is still very much a part of our thinking. I remember when I was finally out of the mainstream churches, and even out of the assembly where I learned to submit to the Spirit, I still yearned to form a small Bible study group or some way to assemble again. I was so afraid that without the structure I would not be able to hear from God.

So God gave me more time with other groups. Later, He even set me up to pastor a small church; this lasted sixteen years. It was all part of my learning and training. Surely, He gives streams in the desert to keep us alive in times of spiritual drought, but the day has to come when we become mature and He begins to cut down the nature that seeks after the comforts that religion offers. It is then that we become fully satisfied with the wells of living waters from within. Then, He works to totally defeat the nature of the Esau man that still lingers in our heart and soul.

Esau was the firstborn, he should have inherited the birthright, but when he was tested, he clung unto the flesh and would not let it go. When it came right down to the nitty-gritty, Esau fed the immediate appetites of his carnal nature. The Esau nature loves what money and prestige offer, and cares more about men’s approval than God’s.

The only One who is qualified and able to take on the Esau nature is the resurrected Lord Jesus. Through His death and resurrection, He has obtained the power to conquer even death. He descends with fury into the land of Edom within. He will not return until the blood of all of the enemies of our soul is splattered over His garments; He is our Great Redeemer!

The Lord of the vision states that He has trodden them in His anger and trampled them in His fury. He has crushed them as grapes in the winepress and now their blood is splattered all over His garments. This describes in no uncertain terms, the intensity of this battle.


To better understand the fury in the heart of our Lord, we need to open our spiritual eyes and receive the truth concerning the visible church that has called herself by His name. In the seventeenth and eighteenth chapters of the book of the Revelation, Jesus gives John a true vision of that church. He calls her “The great harlot who sits on many waters (souls of men), and Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.”

The Lord also shows John a “beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries the woman.” This shows that the harlot church is supported by the systems of this world. John further declares that she has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! (Rev.18:2b) This is God’s description of man’s social, political and religious systems.

Jesus told John to write, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, He himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation…” (Rev. 13:9)

This beast is the fruit or product of the carnal nature that has made itself God in the earth and has robbed man from knowing the One true God. This beast depicts the masses of people who unite to worship the ways dictated by the carnal mind. If that same mind leads us, we acquire the mark of this beast in our foreheads. This beast has made itself to be God in the hearts and minds of men, its sole purpose is to be worshiped by men, and keep them away from knowing God.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life; He reconnects man to God. The spirits that are in the world, work through our carnal natures and work tirelessly to keep their dominance over us. When our minds yield to these spirits, we are subject to the mark of the beast in our foreheads (its ways in our minds and deeds).

But God so loved His creation and He sent a deliverer to reveal the One true God. Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) The only way to eternal life is to know the true God and His Son Jesus. Not the soul life (psuche), but the divine eternal life of God. The enemy devises all possible forms of religions to keep us away from knowing God so we remain under his dominion without divine life. It was on the cross that Jesus defeated this beast and opened the way for man to know God. Paul writes about the day that is coming to reveal the “son of perdition” that “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.” (II Thes. 2:4)

Paul explains that this son of perdition is clearly sitting in the temple of God showing himself to be God. We have heard many voices proclaim that the Antichrist or son of perdition was Stalin, Hitler, Khrushchev, or perhaps even the Pope, but we know that the temple that Paul was speaking of is the only true temple of God- The hearts of His people. No more temples made with hands will ever again be acceptable to God. The Antichrist (instead of Christ) spirit was already in the world when John wrote his epistle. It is none other than the spirit of false religion that has usurped the place that belongs to Christ and has invaded the hearts of those who sought to worship God. Just as Israel of old, Christians worship at the altar of false gods. The land of Edom or Esau is the mindset that God hates, and that the Lord is crushing under His feet with fury.


Because the Lord has revealed so much to us, we are constantly targeted by the cunning Antichrist spirit whose very existence is threatened by the truth. Religious spirits come in many disguises and use many voices. This is why we must stay focus on the truth that has been revealed to us, and stay aware that this enemy works through our carnal minds and reasoning as he pressures us with circumstances and people in our lives.

As an example – Recently, I went through a battle that should have been a “piece of cake” but turned out to be fierce. The Lord had given me this dream and I clearly knew what it meant. “I was standing outside in my yard when a man in a leather jacket came from the back of the yard, speeding through on a motorcycle. I wondered at the audacity of that man cutting through my yard at such speed. This had never happened before and I did not know who he was. Then just as I thought it best to forget it he, or another just like him, came back through the same way. Then as I looked, I see that large sections of a concrete block wall were being laid out all over my property. Then I see a huge Rottweiler dog coming at me snarling. As I stood petrified, I see many other dogs on the property. Then I see a little mouse by my foot and it began to nibble my toe. I was beside myself… so very angry.

My beautiful, peaceful blue house trimmed in white was being invaded and I was furious. I told one standing near, to quickly put up some kind of enclosure and confine these dogs right away. Then I had to deal with the rest of the intrusion. I knew that my beautiful blue house would be destroyed if I did not act quickly.” (End of dream)

I awoke feeling the sting of the terrible anger that I had experienced in the dream; it had been so real. I began to pray knowing that it was a warning about something that was about to happen. I knew that it was going to be an inner battle and that the attack would come from spirits that would invade my mind to destroy the peace in my heart (my beautiful blue house.) To get some sense of where this attack would be coming from, I looked for clues in the dream. Two things jumped at me. First, the bold motorcycle riders came through from the back of my yard, not from the street. Then the sections of wall that were scattered all over the property were made of concrete blocks.

The interpretation was coming together, and it was not long until it began to come to pass. Last month, I had acquired the half lot next to my property. A small concrete block shed, in dire need of a new roof, pressure cleaning and painting stands on it.

As I was looking for someone to do this work, I found out that a retired neighbor in the back of my house, had been looking for work and could not find any. I asked him if he felt he could do this work; I would pay him. He readily agreed and I was happy to have solved my problem.

The man was very slow with the work. He presented me with bills for materials that he did not really need. I was able to return some but not all. I was beginning to feel stressed about it all and prayed that the Lord would intervene so it would all come out alright. It was then that I connected my dream to this man’s work but because I did not want to wrongly apply it and miss the real battle, I set it all on the “back burner” for a while.

The man kept working on my little shed but the work was shoddy. I told myself he did the best he could, although I could see that his heart was not in it. When he finished, many things needed to be redone and the job was costing me a lot more than it would have if I had hired a professional worker, but I resigned myself knowing that I had helped somebody. I called the deal as ‘unto the Lord’ and was at peace… at least I thought I was… until the night that thoughts began to flood my mind and would not let me sleep.

At first, I just tried to think of something else, but the thoughts kept screaming at me, and tormenting me. They were unrelenting, telling me that I was going to have a lot more troubles with this little building. Dust and dirt would filter in through cracks in the walls and through openings under the roof. My things would be ruined, or else I would need much more money to fix it. I became so angry and frustrated that at three o’clock in the morning I was still tossing and turning restlessly in my bed.

It was then that my dream came vividly to mind, and I realized that I was being driven by spirits who were out to destroy my peace and well-being (my beautiful blue house). They were the Rottweilers snarling at me and the mouse nibbling at my toes. The anxieties were building up in my mind like the concrete block segments of walls in my dream. They were using my carnal mind to speak to me.

As in the dream, these dogs (thoughts) needed to be confined so they could no longer frighten me. I used the dream that the Lord had given me as a light shining on the spirits that were building in my mind and I quickly took authority over them. My peace was restored and I went to sleep.

Later, I hired a professional man who went over the work and all was done right. God often reveals the nature and the force of evil spirits by comparing them to the animals we know. I knew what an angry Rottweiler could do to me, I was aware that even a little mouse could hurt me and I knew how the bold motorcyclist could rile me. This opened my understanding of what was taking place in my emotions. By the Spirit, I dealt with it. The meaning of the second motorcyclist was revealed to me shortly after this, when the same neighbor recommended a young man to take down a diseased oak tree by the little shed. The man had no insurance and wanted to pull the tree down with a tractor. It was appealing because he would charge me so much less than professional tree cutters. Then the Lord revealed to me that indeed I would be in more trouble than I could handle if I used this man. Thank you Father for your Word!

Our carnal mind is the land of Edom. It is where evil spirits, as thoughts, pour in like a flood to take over our peaceful dwelling places in Christ. My little battle is a clear example of the very real conflicts that take place within us each day. The Lord alone knows how to fight for us, He has clothed Himself with the garment of our flesh, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15) He makes us aware of what is taking place in the spirit realm so that we are able to stand in the power of His might.


And in the Day of Vengeance in us, Rottweilers and concrete walls are nothing to take lightly; but the greater enemies are the strong religious spirits that come to our minds as angels of light to deceive, defeat and destroy us. These are described in the Bible as that old serpent, beasts with seven heads, big red dragons and the like.

The word “religion” has really taken a “bum rap,” because it is not a bad word when it points to the worship of the true God. But, there are many forms of “religions” or “worship” in the world, and because Jesus Christ showed us the true God we know that most of these are the worship of “self” or of false gods.

All evil spirits have their roots in the serpent of old, the one whose nature it is to lift itself above God to be worshiped as God. Evil spirits rank from weak to very powerful ones; the strongest among them are the ones who work through men in places of authority. They were in the Pharisees who attacked our Lord Jesus and had Him nailed to the cross. These work to deceive, hinder and even kill those who seek truth, especially those who set their face toward fulfilling God’s will for His creation.

While Jesus knew them and had full power over them, He willingly submitted to the death of the cross because He knew His Father’s will. After His resurrection, Jesus, by the Spirit, descended into the land of Edom (the souls of men) where these giants dwell.

It was then that He found those who could understand that they had been led by these religious spirits. Then His Spirit proceeded to deliver them and the Truth made them free indeed. This has been part of our journey, and it is the bloody battle that has been raging in the midst of us.

Daily, the Christ man arises from this land of Esau with the blood of His adversaries splattered on His white garments. He waves the banner of victory and deliverance over the forces of this beast that has held us captives.

The figure that Isaiah saw in his vision declares that He was alone doing this job. Indeed this can be accomplished by none other. He alone knows the depth of the human heart and He alone has the wisdom and power to overcome the cunning and devious nature of this beast. He alone has the right to descend deep into the depth of the abyss that is our hearts and bring up the enemies that hide within, one by one.

Isaiah saw this One but could not identify Him. Today we recognize Him, not only because of what we read in our Bibles, but because He has revealed Himself by His Spirit within. We have tasted the full force of the man of sin that deceived us and kept us in bondage to sin and death.

We are not likely to be deceived by the giants that lead the false religions of the world, but Jesus warned that in the last days there would be “false christs.” He was teaching His own disciples when He said, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matt. 24:24) If there are false christs, then there are also false “christians” or those who follow after false christs. Jesus also explained that in that day, “…not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt. 7:21-23)

These “religious” giants, at work in the hearts of men, have built all the social, political and religious systems that rule the people of the world. These systems may even scream that they want NO RELIGION, but “NO RELIGION” IS A RELIGION BY ITSELF.

The giant spirits of religion are not so preoccupied with the obvious “false religions” of the world; they are intensely working to deceive “Christians,” particularly those who are seeking after truth. By His Spirit, our Lord has been waging the battle to free each of His elect from these deceivers. Jesus won the battle on the cross and now by the same power, He is bringing us to total victory over the cunning serpent of old.


When the Lord has avenged His elects, they will be free from all religious activities and will worship only in Spirit and in Truth. Then, the entire “Body of Christ” will arise in full manifestation to deliver the world from the same spirits that once held them captive and caused so much grief and pain among them.

Saints from every century past have been patiently waiting under the altar for this Day of Vengeance to be fulfilled in the earth. “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Rev. 6:10)

However, as John wrote his vision, there is an appointed time for this. “And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (vs.11)

This must all be fulfilled before creation is fully delivered from its bondage. It is when God unveils His sons to creation that the entire universe will arise to applaud and welcome the new Day. “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. And not only they, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” (Rom. 8:21-23)

This will be accomplished when those who have the firstfruits of the Spirit receive the full adoption as sons; that is when this mortal puts on immortality. The entire creation is eagerly waiting for this to happen and we are groaning along with the entire creation for the day of our full and complete redemption. Until then, we will continue to follow His Spirit daily and overcome in every area into which He leads us.

When God gave Isaiah the vision of the Lord in the winepress, He also sent him with this word to Israel, “Go, and tell this people: Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return and be healed.” (Isa. 6:9-10) God set Israel as a sign for us.

When Isaiah asked God how long this devastation would last, God answered, Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant. The houses without a man, the land is utterly desolate. The Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming. As a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be in its stump.” (Isa. 6: 1-13)

No matter how ruthless men try to obliterate Israel, God has ordained that the seed of His people shall never be destroyed. When the enemies cut the tree down to the ground, the holy seed remains in its stump. There is always a fecund remnant.

Judaism is not one of the false religions, on the contrary. Christianity is founded on the Scriptures and the prophets of the Old Testament. Both Judaism and Christianity are a threat to the spirit of this world; this is why it targets these two with a vengeance.

I have been reading series of books that I highly recommend. They are written Bodie and Brock Thoene, a man and his wife who have written over forty-five works of historical fiction. Their novels have sold more that ten million copies and have won eight ECPA Gold Medallion awards. If you have Internet access you can learn more about them at www.thoenebooks.com or find them in book stores. I have read the series on the times when Jesus was here on earth. This is a real eye-opener on the hatred and animosity that work against the Jews and the Christ. Also a series on World War II and their struggle for survival under Hitler. Now I am finishing the Chronicles of Zion series about their unbelievable courage and determination to establish their homeland. These books are historical fiction, but they open a window on the vicious, cruel, inhuman and unrelenting hatred that drives some men to exterminate the Jewish seed and the tireless, courageous and indomitable spirit that God has placed in this people.

This is the same overcoming Spirit that God has placed in the sons who stand on the spiritual Mount Zion with the Lamb. It is the spirit of fury that will not tolerate Esau to revive, but will take hold of the vision that God has given for a promised land that will be God’s kingdom in earth as it is in heaven.

Because of His love,





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